Okonomiyaki-style chips

This easy and delicious recipe from Danny Kingston takes a humble pile of chip and serves them okonomiyaki-style, covering them with the umami flavours of Japan; famous Japanese 'Kewpie' mayonnaise, tonkotsu sauce (a fruity, soy-flavoured Worcestershire sauce) and bonito (smoked and fermented tuna flakes). These ingredients can be found in most Asian supermarkets or easily online.

First published in 2017

In some respects, trying to describe what okonomiyaki actually is, is a tough call. But in its essence, this Japanese treat is a savoury pancake, that is made on a table-top plancha or flat-top grill, that can be filled with a variety of crunchy vegetables, fish or meat and is usually finished off with some special mayonnaise, a spicy brown sauce and some toppings such bonito fish flakes or small crispy shrimp. Anything goes basically, as the word ‘okonomiyaki’ loosely translates ‘how you like it.’ So the emphasis is on fun, more than anything else. Given that chips are also equally joyous to eat, this could be described as a marriage made in heaven.

The chips themselves don’t get that much extra treatment, just the addition of sliced kombu, or seaweed, to add a punchy element of umami to the overall flavour. The real excitement,however, comes afterwards, when you’ve slathered all the condiments over the fries and added a healthy dose of bonito on top. Your regular salt and vinegar pots may well become redundant after trying this out.

And as always, look for King Edward or Maris Piper as your potato varieties for this dish. They really do make the best chips.

Ingredients

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Chips

  • 1kg potatoes, King Edward or Maris Piper
  • 50g of kombu
  • sunflower oil

Toppings

Method

1
To begin, soak the kombu in cold water for 20 minutes. Once softened, slice into fine strips
2
Cut the potatoes into chips (leaving the skin on) and wash, drain and dry them well using a clean tea towel or kitchen paper
  • 1kg potatoes, King Edward or Maris Pipers
3
Place them in the Actifry and add a spoonful of oil. Cook for 20 minutes
  • sunflower oil
4
After that time, add the finely sliced kombu and shake the bowl to mix everything together. Cook for a further 10 minutes or until evenly golden
5
Finish by emptying onto a platter or large bowl and add a healthy drizzle of Kewpie mayonnaise, tonkatsu sauce, toasted black sesame seeds and top with a generous amount of bonito flakes
First published in 2017

Danny is a food adventurer, home grower, supper club host and writer of the entertaining and quirky epicurean blog, Food Urchin.

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